September 9, 2013

Schwarzmann, Burns Added to Mount Staff

from Press Release

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Emmitsburg, Md. (September 5, 2013) – Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse coach B.J. Johnson announced the additions of two-time Tewaaraton winner and U.S. National Team member Katie Schwarzmann as an assistant coach and All-Colonial Athletic Association defender Alexandra Burns as a volunteer assistant on Thursday.

"We are thrilled to welcome Katie and Alexandra to the Mount lacrosse family," Johnson said. "To have a full staff is very exciting for our program. Katie brings a wealth of experience both at the collegiate and international level. She was a true student-athlete and a proven winner in her time at Maryland as well as the U.S. National Team. Alexandra will be a great contributor to our team and how we build our defensive strategy. Her experience as a player at ODU will be a great asset to us at the Mount. Both Katie and Alexandra bring a great deal to our program, and we look forward to working with them."

Schwarzmann comes to Emmitsburg following an impressive run at the University of Maryland, becoming just the third women's player to win back-to-back Tewaaraton Awards, given to the most outstanding college lacrosse player by the Tewaaraton Foundation.

During the summer of 2013, Schwarzmann helped the United States win the World Cup held in Oshawa, Canada. In the team's seven games, the midfielder scored 10 goals and added four assists as the Americans outscored their opponents 128-34. In the Championship game against the host Canada, Schwarzmann scored one goal and added two draw controls in her fourth start of the tournament. She found the net in six out of the seven games in the 2013 World Cup.

As a collegiate player at Maryland, Schwarzmann guided the Terrapins to the 2010 NCAA National Championship as a freshman. Maryland returned to the finals in 2011 and 2013 and also made a run to the Final Four in 2012. Schwarzmann was a four-time IWLCA All-American, including three First Team selections as an undergrad.

In addition to earning All-America status, Schwarzmann was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP as both a junior and a senior. During all four years of her career, Schwarzmann was recognized as an All-ACC selection as well as a member of the All-ACC Tournament team. Schwarzmann helped the Terps capture four ACC Championships.

Her decorated college career included 228 goals, 76 assists, 146 ground balls, 165 draw controls and 74 caused turnovers. Schwarzmann led the Terps in scoring, ground balls and draw controls as a sophomore with her 65 goals in 2011 tying for fifth in the nation. The following year, she tallied 72 goals, good for a tie for second among Division I players before finishing her senior season with 58 goals to rank 14th nationally.

Schwarzmann's coaching background includes experience with Hero's Lacrosse Club in Howard County as well as Elevate Lacrosse and Maximum Exposure Lacrosse in College Park, Md.

As a student-athlete, Schwarzmann excelled in the classroom, earning ACC Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and was a four-year member of the All-ACC Academic Team.

Schwarzmann graduated from the University of Maryland in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and marketing. In addition to her coaching duties, Schwarzmann will pursue an MBA at the Mount.

Burns recently completed a four-year playing career at Old Dominion where she helped anchor the Monarchs' defense under Head Coach Heather Holt. Burns started all 16 games during her senior campaign in 2013, while leading ODU and finishing second in the CAA with 23 caused turnovers. She earned Second Team All-CAA recognition for her performance as a senior, tallying 34 ground balls and 11 draw controls.

During her junior season, Burns compiled 21 ground balls, 14 draw controls and caused nine turnovers in 17 starts on defense. Her career numbers include 68 ground balls, 39 caused turnovers and 25 draw controls.

Burns graduated with a degree in Sport Management from Old Dominion University in 2013.

The Mount is coming off its 11th-consecutive trip to the Northeast Conference Tournament in 2013, returning eight starters from last year's team, including First Team All-NEC selections Lindsay Diaz and Gabe Little.


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